This is my fifth consecutive year of running in this event. It was my first ever race back in 2010, and now I run in it each year to celebrate where I have come from to be an active runner. I love the course through the University of Memphis, and the weather is usually cool, and with the race being on a Friday night, it opens up the rest of my weekend for other events.
I have written so much about this race before that there is not much more that I can say that avid followers of my blog have not read before.
Swag: B: They changed the race shirt this year which is the first change in five years. They stuck with the long sleeved cotton tee, which is very popular, but the overall design is not as good as previous years. But it is different, and a different color than my previous four shirts, so that is good.
Course: A+: I love that it runs around campus, including my old fraternity house. For alumni returning to campus, it is a nice way to see what has changed since graduation. It also is not too hilly of a course and is plenty wide to accommodate runners. Runners finish in a giant inflatable tiger head on the Alumni Mall.
Overall: A+: I will always be partial to this race due to its significance in my weight loss and running. It is always organized well and provides good value for the runner. If I ever moved away, it would be a 5K that actually tempted me to visit specifically run.
Another note about this race is that in the five times that I have run in the 5K, I have set a PR three times! This year’s race saw me cut :23 off of my 5K PR time, which was very rewarding.